Fuck I'm an idiot, This is why I wish I was straight or had a dad! Just bought a car off eBay with a fake odometer! *UPDATED*

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    Jun 19, 2012 12:33 PM GMT
    So... I'm really gay. And my Dads' dead and I only have my mum and sister. So it's fair to say I know NOTHING about cars. Anywayssss. bought a car off eBay for $700, 1988 corolla with 91,000 kms. Only to find out apparently the odometers can be set back very easily... So I know have a car that's probably a piece of shit and I've just lost $700. And no, I did not see it before I bought it. The guy lied and said it's in really good condition. (Which it's not) So upset, as this is my second car. And I still have no lisence because they keep blowing up. My last one was pretty much the same, except the kms were legitimate. 310,000 kms. I just want my lisence! And I can't get a job without a car! grrr!

    end of rant.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:08 PM GMT
    Lighten up Francis...Got a dad and know shit-tons about cars.

    Sold one of mine two months ago and found out the guy that bought it, still hasn't tagged it or transferred the Title...State of Texas is coming after me because I dropped the insurance on it...my Dumb ass didn't write the man's name down and have no idea how to find him, basically he will drive it on our dime till the tags expire next month.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:12 PM GMT
    I really doubt being straight would solve the problem here.
  • masculumpedes

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    Jun 19, 2012 1:17 PM GMT
    dustin_K_tx saidLighten up Francis...Got a dad and know shit-tons about cars.

    Sold one of mine two months ago and found out the guy that bought it, still hasn't tagged it or transferred the Title...State of Texas is coming after me because I dropped the insurance on it...my Dumb ass didn't write the man's name down and have no idea how to find him, basically he will drive it on our dime till the tags expire next month.



    Wow...doesn't Texas DMV require a Bill of Sale to free you of all responsibility for the vehicle?
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:28 PM GMT
    Ease up. You can know plenty about cars and still be gay and dad-less.

    eBay has plenty of built in buyer protection. It will be a hassle, but start pursuing those options. If you used Paypal it'll be even easier to open claims, etc. Wishing you the best.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:31 PM GMT
    I'm gayer than a cock flavored lollipop and my dad is dead and I know plenty about cars.

    Quit being a hysterical queer and learn to use the google machine.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:31 PM GMT
    I dont think you really got ripped off that much. 91km on an 88 corolla is not realistic. However, paying $700 for one with that mileage isnt that bad. And they are pretty much bullet proof. I think in the end you pretty much got what you paid for and paid what you should have.
  • great_scott

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    Jun 19, 2012 1:45 PM GMT
    I guess dads do come in handy with stuff like this. Why didn't you just borrow an uncle or something? Next time, if you can't get a mechanic to look it over and give you the green light, don't buy.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    great_scott saidI guess dads do come in handy with stuff like this. Why didn't you just borrow an uncle or something? Next time, if you can't get a mechanic to look it over and give you the green light, don't buy.


    or post it here. Plenty of us car guys will help out.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:51 PM GMT
    i know more about cars than my dad does.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:52 PM GMT
    When my dad was alive i never asked him advice about cars. Maybe i should have..... but when i was starting out i new everything and had to learn the hard way. It happens.... and luckily there was no EBay...ha. Anyway you got caught.... if you like the car fix it up and keep it. If not sell it. You'll probably get most of your money back. It's just the hassle. If you do keep it, go out and buy a Haines shop manual for it. About $20. I buy them for every vehicle I own.

    You're not an idiot....you're just pissed at yourself. We all have those days.
    Good Luck
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Jun 19, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidSo... I'm really gay. And my Dads' dead and I only have my mum and sister. So it's fair to say I know NOTHING about cars. Anywayssss. bought a car off eBay for $700, 1988 corolla with 91,000 kms. Only to find out apparently the odometers can be set back very easily... So I know have a car that's probably a piece of shit and I've just lost $700. And no, I did not see it before I bought it. The guy lied and said it's in really good condition. (Which it's not) So upset, as this is my second car. And I still have no lisence because they keep blowing up. My last one was pretty much the same, except the kms were legitimate. 310,000 kms. I just want my lisence! And I can't get a job without a car! grrr!

    end of rant.


    Don't sweat it. I don't know anything about cars except how to start one up, drive one and have the oil changed about every 3,000 miles or so. It's no big bleepin' deal. I'm right there with you and I have survived!!
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidSo... I'm really gay. And my Dads' dead and I only have my mum and sister. So it's fair to say I know NOTHING about cars. Anywayssss. bought a car off eBay for $700, 1988 corolla with 91,000 kms. Only to find out apparently the odometers can be set back very easily... So I know have a car that's probably a piece of shit and I've just lost $700. And no, I did not see it before I bought it. The guy lied and said it's in really good condition. (Which it's not) So upset, as this is my second car. And I still have no lisence because they keep blowing up. My last one was pretty much the same, except the kms were legitimate. 310,000 kms. I just want my lisence! And I can't get a job without a car! grrr!

    end of rant.


    Dude - anything that seems too good to be true - like a 24 year old car having done less than 100,000k probably is.

    Can you get the RACV to do an inspection on the car and get your money back?

    In the big scheme of things - if you pay $700 - I wouldn't expect a whole lot - thats typically what my Plate and 3rd party insurance cost per year - you won't get much for that.

    Start by taking some time, looking at the adverts in the paper for a similar vehicle of a similar age - find out what to expect in the cars cost and condition. Test Drive the vehicle first.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 19, 2012 2:17 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidFuck I'm an idiot



    Well, as they say, recognizing you have a problem is the first step icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    Your ar buying mistake has nothing to do with being gay or dad less. There are plenty of heterosexual men with dads who could've made the same mistake. Your problem was buying something without seeing or test driving it!
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    You need to get control over your acting on impulse and slow down your decision making. If I recall correctly, you started a thread asking for advice on this but before there were only a few responses you were back on that thread announcing your purchase. So I'm gonna bet that you wouldn't have listened to your dad either (sorry for that loss, of course) even if he was still around. Don't feel bad about that, very few of us do what we are told.

    Life is more interesting when we make our own mistakes. Mistakes can be excellent opportunities for learning.

    As to the scam, that sucks and there's always small claims court if you want out of the deal but as others mentioned you probably wouldn't have bought much better with that money.

    Live and learn
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
    But honestly, $700 for a toyota with 160K miles on it is pretty fair.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 19, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    CuriousOne saidYour ar buying mistake has nothing to do with being gay or dad less. There are plenty of heterosexual men with dads who could've made the same mistake. Your problem was buying something without seeing or test driving it!



    I think that is where the "idiot" part comes in icon_rolleyes.gif
  • allatonce

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    Jun 19, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
    Does it move? $700 for a car isn't that bad.
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    You need to report the seller for lying in his description.

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    Jun 19, 2012 3:01 PM GMT
    So you never did tell us exactly what is wrong with this car you just bought? Even if it had 200,000 Km on it it's still good for near double that
  • groundcombat

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    Jun 19, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    Wait $700? That's it?!? You can barely get your hands on a frame for that much. If it runs at all I say you've already won.
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    Jun 19, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    Serendipitous misfortune, perhaps; but no direct correlation between having a nuclear family structure of the heterosexual nature would change. Remember, not all the problems in the world are cause by being gay. Apparently, straight people run the world.
    I was raised around cars, and though I don't know how to physically change out parts of the engine, I've got an ear for what is wrong in most older fuel based vehicles. I can change a tire, oil, and pump up the tires; but it stops there.

    What you're looking to learn here from having a dad and be his straight automotively gifted son is the wisdom of: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." "You have to go through more than one channel when buying a good vehicle." "Check the VIN Number before buying any car." "It gets better."
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    Jun 19, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    Ease up on yourself, you're not an idiot. Here's what works for me, and I've never had a brand new car: Not wishing to be "stung" or ripped off, I get permission from a seller to take the car in question to a diagnostic center (at my cost) to have it thoroughly evaluated. You get a "report card" on everything that is wrong with the car, along with an estimate of importance, and cost of each item needing attention. Then - - - you decide if you want the car...........or you negotiate the price down to cover the cost of the repairs.

    IF the seller won't let you take the car to a diagnostic center (even going with you) then you KNOW something is up with that car - - - and you walk away from it.

    Also - on EBAY, look for sellers who have a high satisfaction rating. Read any negative comments from previous buyers of things this seller has sold. See if those comments have merit. Good luck on your next car. I've never had a bad used car............in fact I get such good ones that I keep them forever it seems.
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    Jun 19, 2012 4:58 PM GMT
    Kristoff,

    First, can you verify that the odo has been reset?

    Second, as others have suggested, look into ebay's protection policies and what your recourse is, if any.

    Do you actually have possession of the car now to verify its condition?